INS for Airborne Mapping

iXBlue, France, has presented ATLANS as a cost-effective georeferencing and orientation system, designed for land and airborne mapping applications. The user obtains a compact, lightweight gyrocompass and motion sensor that consumes little power and yet provides all of the required data for demanding navigation, stabilisation and control applications as in UAS, digital imaging and hyperspectral imaging applications. ATLANS can be easily integrated with standard GNSS and DMI systems and is combined with most commonly used flight management, satellite tracking and mobile imaging systems. All of the interface and computing electronics are contained within a single housing that also features an... (read more)
2012-10-02 09:02:51

Integrating GNSS and INS

GNSS provides accurate positional information with relatively low integrity, while INS offers position and attitude information subject to drift but with relatively high integrity. Integrating the two provides reliable and accurate information on position and attitude of vehicles on land, at sea, in the air and in space. Integrated GNSS/INS: I know what it is, I know what it does, but how does it work? All sensor data such as aerial imagery acquired from an airborne platform needs to be geo-referenced to be of further use. In treating the subject of exterior orientation we here focus on aerial digital cameras,... (read more)
2008-03-06 12:00:00

Integrated GNSS/MEMS INS

OLinkStar has announced an integrated GNSS/MEMS Inertial Navigation System (INS) system, PNS100BGI. The system integrates GPS/ Compass /GLONASS, MEMS IMU, magnetometer, and barometer to deliver a reliable 3D navigation solution. PNS100 tightly couples GNSS positioning and inertial navigation technologies to provide an accurate, continuous, smooth and reliable position, velocity and attitude solution in three dimensions. A 32 channels GPS/Compass/GLONASS receiver, powered by the OlinkStar's OTrack32 chip technology, and a 6-DOF MEMS inertial measurement unit (IMU) including gyros and accelerometers, integrated within a single enclosure, comprises the system's accuracy and availability, even during periods of degraded, multipath, or no satellite signal... (read more)
2010-11-05 12:00:00


The SPAN-MPPC provides the processing power of Novatel's SPAN (Synchronous Position, Attitude and Navigation) engine, the SPAN-SE, in a convenient card-stack form factor that can be easily integrated into navigation applications. SPAN products tightly-couple NovAtel's GNSS technology with highly-accurate inertial measurement technology, resulting in a robust, stable and continuous position, velocity and attitude solution.     The SPAN-MPPC board stack is compatible with all SPAN supported inertial measurement units (IMUs), including the Honeywell HG1700, the iMAR FSAS and the Northrop Grumman LN200. It offers serial, USB, CAN and Ethernet connectivity as well as multiple output strobes and input event triggers... (read more)
2009-09-25 04:11:05

OxTS Releases xOEM500 GNSS/INS

OxTS has announced the latest addition to the OEM line of inertial navigation systems aimed at system integrators. The xOEM500 is a GNSS/INS embedded on a single, compact board set and marks OxTS' smallest, lightest INS offering to date. The xOEM500 includes dual GNSS receivers capable of 50cm position and is designed to give stable heading performance in all conditions. The IMU is made up of MEMS based accelerometers and gyros, but thanks to OxTS' custom calibration techniques including the SuperCAL adjustment, the sensors are developed to deliver the tactical grade performance in an industrial-sized package.   In addition to... (read more)
2014-10-15 08:53:07

MEMS-GNSS/INS Technology as Problem Solver

NovAtel has added four Micro Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) to its SPAN line of GNSS/INS products: the HG1900 and HG1930 IMUs from Honeywell International Inc. and the LandMark 20 and LandMark 40 IMUs from Gladiator Technologies. The addition of these compact MEMS IMUs to the SPAN line-up significantly expands the range of cost, size and power options available for size and weight-concerned applications requiring high performance position, velocity and attitude data.   SPAN tightly couples NovAtel's precise GNSS technology with highly accurate inertial measurement technology to provide a robust, stable and continuous 3D navigation. The new MEMS... (read more)
2011-08-17 11:33:39

Next-generation SPAN-CPT GNSS/INS Receiver

NovAtel has announced the next generation of its popular single-box SPAN-CPT GNSS/INS receiver. The SPAN-CPT now supports the company’s next-generation OEM6 GNSS technology platform. The OEM6 GNSS engine improves positioning performance through its support of GPS and GLONASS, all-in-view satellite tracking and intelligent measurement selection. NovAtel kept the design of the enhanced SPAN-CPT identical to its legacy product. It would ensure a seamless upgrade process for customers who would like to take advantage of the improved positioning capabilities, the company stated. The enhanced SPAN-CPT is fully backwards compatible with the previous generation of product. It retains the same compact form... (read more)
2013-05-07 10:46:00

New Miniature INS Module with External GNSS Receiver

Xsens has expanded its MTi product portfolio by introducing the MTi-7, a miniature inertial navigation system (INS) module which uses input from an external global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver to provide an accurate, real-time position, velocity and orientation data stream. The MTi-7 module, which has a compact 12 mm x 12 mm footprint and weighs less than 1 gram, consumes under 100 mW, making it ideal for use in space- and power-constrained devices such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), as well as autonomous or remote-controlled mapping and imaging equipment. Autonomous ground vehicles  Operating at output data rates up to... (read more)
2018-04-18 10:38:43

MakeItAccurate: A Revolutionary Global GNSS/INS Correction Service

Enterprise operations adopting geospatial technology require high accuracy in their digital twins to make them a viable alternative to the real world for measurement and inspection. The challenge is to achieve accuracy with one simple, repeatable, scalable workflow across global assets at massive scale. MakeItAccurate makes very high accuracy simple, accessible and reliable, anywhere. According to the developers, this is an industry game-changer.  The need for high accuracy positioning has traditionally been the realm of surveyors and engineers. It’s what makes geospatial data valuable. New technology, such as drones, are now bringing geospatial to a broader range of sectors such as insurance,... (read more)
2020-03-19 10:41:59

NovAtel Launches IMU-ISA-100C GNSS+INS Positioning Device

NovaTel has added the IMU-ISA-100C as an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) option to its SPAN GNSS+INS line of positioning products. The IMU-ISA-100C is a near navigation grade IMU for platform stabilisation, general purpose navigation, photogrammetry, remote sensing and ground mobile mapping applications. Commercially exportable, the IMU-ISA-100C is designed to integrate easily with a NovAtel SPAN capable receiver to provide a tightly coupled 3D navigation solution. Offering customers continuous position, velocity and attitude (roll, pitch and azimuth) measurements, a SPAN system is stable and available also through periods when satellite signals are blocked or unavailable. With the IMU-ISA-100C, customers will receive... (read more)
2014-08-25 10:27:53
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